Depending on the individual situation, a major complication may lead to a longer hospital stay, a blood transfusion, or a repeat surgery. A surgery such as this could possibly include immediate major abdominal surgery, a hysterectomy which is when the uterus is removed, or, in rare instances, placement of a colostomy. Other major complications, in extreme cases, may lead to permanent disability, paralysis or loss of life.
Fortunately, major complications occur in less than 1 out of 100 procedures. Loss of life occurs in less than 2 out of 100,000 procedures. Therefore, this procedure is about six times safer than driving a car and two to three times safer than being pregnant.